EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon volleyball team defeated a team of alumni 3-1 in its second and final exhibition, Saturday, 25-11, 25-22, 20-25, 25-17.
How it Happened: The Ducks were comfortable in the first set, winning 25-11 with nine blocks, but the alumni shook off the cobwebs after the break. The former Ducks played tough in both the second and third sets, stealing a win in the third frame 25-20 before the Ducks regained composure to finish the match, 25-17 in the fourth.
It was a varied attack for the 2014 squad, whose rotation involved a large number of players on the offensive end. Four players reached double digits in kills, led once again by freshman Frankie Shebby who recorded 14 kills while also taking 45 attempts. Martenne Bettendorf (12) and Liz Brenner (11) also reached double figures at the outside hitter spot.
Kacey Nady had another strong performance in the middle with 10 kills (.769 pct) along with four blocks.
New Look for the Ducks: Jim Moore gave the first look at a two-setter rotation for the Ducks this season, something he said came together during preseason camp. The formation allows for three hitters to be in the front row at all times, while utilizing both freshman Maggie Scott and senior Shellsy Ashen at setter. Scott finished the night with 34 assists and 13 digs while Ashen recorded 17 assists.
Blocking the Best: Blocking has been an area needing improvement for the Ducks over recent seasons and it looks like that improvement may be coming. Liz Brenner said that this team is the best blocking team she has been a part of. The Ducks recorded 15, Saturday, and while it was against an alumni team, it was an alumni team which boasted All-Americans and current professionals Alaina Bergsma and Sonja Newcombe.
Up Next: Oregon will open the season against Ohio State Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. as part of the Oregon Invitational. The match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.